Grants are offered based on financial need as determined by the results of the FAFSA. Grants are gift funds that do not require repayment.

A student’s financial aid offer will include grant funds whenever guidelines and funding levels permit. Priority for grants is given to students that meet the priority deadline on January 15.

Grant funds are initially offered based on full-time enrollment status during the fall and spring semesters. If a student’s enrollment changes to three-quarter time or half-time status, grant funds will be reduced. Graduate students are not eligible for federal grants but may be eligible for state or institutional grants if they demonstrate need and meet specific requirements.

Your Grant amount is offered based on full-time enrollment. If you decide to enroll part-time, please note that your grants will pro-rate.

Federal Grants

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) offers a variety of federal grants to students attending four-year colleges or universities, community colleges, and career schools. The following federal grants are offered at UTSA.

The Federal PELL Grant is offered to undergraduate students who are seeking their first degree and demonstrate financial need. A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid.

Eligibility for this grant is determined from the FAFSA. The amount of Pell grant will be determined by the maximum set by the Department of Education, your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and your enrollment status. Students must also meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards.

Students who qualify for PELL can only receive it for a maximum of 6 years or 12 semesters of full-time enrollment. If a student has received the equivalent of 12 full-time semesters of Pell Grant, they will no longer be eligible for Pell Grant funding. You can track how much of your PELL is used at the National Student Loan Data System.


Summer Pell

Students can now receive up to 150% of their scheduled offer for one academic year. What does this mean? This means if you are full-time in fall and spring and use all of your Pell, you may be eligible for more Pell for summer if you register at least half time (6 hours). Pell Grant eligibility requirements still apply and all offers count towards the Lifetime Pell Grant Eligibility (LEU). Students must be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress and have submitted the Summer Application for Financial Aid through their myUTSA Account.

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is offered to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or professional degree. It is offered to students with exceptional financial need and first priority is given to students who have been offered the Federal Pell grant. The SEOG Grant is offered until funds are exhausted.

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant helps students who plan to teach in high-need fields at the secondary or elementary level.

TEACH Grant Requirements
If you choose to participate in this aid program, you must agree to do all of the following:

  • Serve as a full-time teacher for 4 years
  • Teach a high-need field/subject
  • Serve in a public or private elementary or secondary school
  • Teach in a school that serves low-income students

If you fail to meet the requirements listed above, the TEACH Grant funds you received will change into a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan. You will have to repay the entire loan with interest. Interest is charged from the day the money originally paid out.

To be Offered the TEACH Grant:

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate with Junior or Senior standing, post-baccalaureate, or graduate student in a post-secondary educational institution that has chosen to participate in the TEACH Grant Program.
  • Be enrolled in coursework that is necessary to begin a career in teaching.

Students who accept the TEACH Grant offer must sign the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve for each offer period with the U.S. Department of Education.

State Grants

Texas offers a variety of educational grants for universities and colleges. The following state grant is offered at UTSA.

The Toward EXcellence Access and Success (TEXAS) grant is offered to undergraduate Texas resident students who demonstrate financial need and meet academic eligibility requirements. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) determines the eligibility requirements that students must meet in order to be offered. This grant is offered to students until funds are exhausted and are subject to funding availability from the state of Texas.

TEXAS Grant Eligibility
The TEXAS Grant eligibility requirements are extensive. Please review them from the College for All Texans site. You must have a FAFSA or TASFA on file and be admitted to UTSA by March 15 to be considered for this grant.

Incoming Transfers to UTSA
If you received TEXAS Grant or TEOG at another institution and are now planning to attend UTSA, you must submit the Renewal Texas Grant Transfer Form. Transfer Forms are reviewed when the state database is updated which confirms eligibility. The state database is typically updated in November each year.

Renewal Requirements: Maintaining your eligibility
Students who meet renewal eligibility requirements can receive the offer for up to 150 semester credit hours until they receive a bachelor’s degree or for 5 years if enrolled in the 4-year degree program or 6 years if enrolled in a 5-year degree plan, whichever comes first.

At the end of the first year, students must:

  • Apply for the FAFSA or TASFA by March 15 for the next academic year
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Complete at least 67% of hours attempted
  • Not be convicted of a felony or crime involving a controlled substance unless 2 years have passed since restitution to society has been paid
  • Enroll at least three-quarter time

At the end of the second year and in later years, eligibility requirements include:

  • Apply for the FAFSA or TASFA by March 15 for the next academic year
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Complete at least 24 hours per year
  • Enroll at least three-quarter time

Hardship Appeals
Should you fail to meet the requirements for renewal, you may submit an appeal to review your eligibility based on extenuating circumstances.

A student who is ineligible for a TEXAS Grant renewal award based on the general requirements may be deemed eligible under a hardship provision. There are restrictions on which eligibility requirements can be granted a hardship as funding is limited. You must have been a prior recipient of Texas Grant to submit the Texas Grant Hardship Appeal Form. Funds have been exhausted for 2022-2023.

Please submit the Texas Grant Hardship Appeal Form along with:

Personal Statement: Submit a typed letter explaining the extenuating circumstances that prevented you from meeting Texas Grant eligibility requirements. The explanation must be detailed and clear.

Documentation: Attach supporting documentation such as hospital records, doctor’s statements, copies of death certificates, newspaper obituaries for immediate family, police reports, documents from a counselor or social worker etc. pertaining to the time period in question. Appeals submitted without supporting documentation will not be reviewed.

Hardship Appeals are reviewed after census date of the current term. This form can be submitted or via the Document Uploader.

Reasons that may be considered include:

  • Students who are graduating at the end of the semester and are going to be in fewer than 9 hours
  • A severe illness or other debilitating condition that affected academic performance;
  • An indication that you are responsible for the care of a sick, injured or needy person and that your provision of care affected your academic performance; OR
  • Other extraordinary circumstances that may have impacted your ability to meet renewal requirements (such as a professional internship)

Institutional Grants

Additional need-based grants have been made available through Tuition Deregulation. UTSA offers institutional grants to undergraduate and graduate students based on need and availability of funds. This funding is offered until funds are exhausted.

The Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG) is offered to undergraduate and graduate students based on need and availability of funds. A limited amount of funds are available to non-residents of Texas as well as foreign students (additional application required). This grant is offered until funds are exhausted.

The UTSA Grant is offered to undergraduate and graduate students based on need as determined by the FAFSA and the availability of funds. Students must be Texas resident to qualify for the UTSA Grant.

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